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    Default How long does it take for a surgery scar to fully heal? Re birth options....

    How long it does it take for a scar to fully heal?

    I just been sitting here wondering if my little tummy scar (11cm's with a circle in the middle for a fake bellybutton) will affect my birth options. I assume that 20 weeks and being high on my stomach (belly button level) will be in my favour. That plenty of time to heal but at the back of my mind I a niggly voice that say it may mean a c/s.
    Just to make it perfectly clear I am dam terrified of a c/s. It my worst fear.

    Please tell me that 20 weeks will be heaps of time to heal well enough to have a VB.

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    It really depends on your own body's healing process and every one is different. I keloid scar, so my scar tends to stay angry and raised for a long time. It also depends on why your scar is there in the first place.

    How long ago did you have the surgery to cause the scar? Are you worried about it possibly opening if you have a vaginal birth?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uniquey View Post
    It really depends on your own body's healing process and every one is different. I keloid scar, so my scar tends to stay angry and raised for a long time. It also depends on why your scar is there in the first place.

    How long ago did you have the surgery to cause the scar? Are you worried about it possibly opening if you have a vaginal birth?
    Yes that is what I was worried about.

    I had a umbilical hernia and bowel repair a week ago. So that will be 20 weeks before my due date.

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    I took 3 / 4 months to heal from my last operation. Though the nurse who was doing my dressings said Vitamin C and Zinc tablets are supposed to help with the healing process. Good luck & fingers crossed for you

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    I would think 20 weeks would be fine. I have had several abdominal surgeries (including a c-section) and they were all pretty well healed within 10 weeks.

    I would be very surprised if it would open during a vaginal birth. It might be a little tender if your growing belly pulls on, and stretches, it a bit but it will be healed well enough in 20 weeks to not reopen.

    I know I was back at the gym within 8 weeks after my c-section and had no issues.

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    The 'standard' recovery time for abdominal surgery is 6 weeks. I was told after my gallbladder came out that heavy lifting was out for 6 weeks, but by 6 weeks I should be healed 'enough' to do whatever I wanted. Yes, my scar wasn't as big as yours, but it's the same principle I think.

    If you'd had surgery to your uterus it might be different, but I would think it wouldn't be a problem. Have you asked your Ob or surgeon (or both)? They know all the details and will be able to give you the real answer - we can only speculate.

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